Overcoming Obstacles

Last Update: March 02, 2015

I've collected inspiring quotes for years. As a struggling novelist my collection of quotes have often been the only thing that kept me going. For years I pinned these quotes to the wall above my desk. I called it my cheer leading wall.

It's easy to think that obstacles are there to defeat us. That's what I believed for a long time. But, after reading Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey, I realized that obstacles are gatekeepers. They are testing us to be sure we're ready for the adventure ahead.

Like a troll guarding a bridge in fairy tales and myths, obstacles test us to see if we are strong enough and brave enough to pursue our own private mythical journey.

Sometimes it takes extraordinary courage to live the life set before us.

Here is what Booker T. Washington and Randy Pausch have to say on obstacles.

“Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but

the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

― Booker T. Washington

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us

out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want

something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it

badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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kathypausch Premium
Thank you for the positive quotes. I too am a quote collector, I pin them on pintrest and my bathroom mirror.
GaryHorton Premium
Great! I hope you'll share your quotes with us. Thanks for commenting.
MelvinS Premium
Thanks for a positive inspiring blog.
If you want something bad enough, not even a brick wall can stop the human mind.
Keep it up and we will follow your lead.
Thanks Cosmicgrit.
GaryHorton Premium
Thank you!
danbarth87 Premium
Great quotes!
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Labman Premium Plus
Finding them, defining them and overcoming obstacles to progress can be a lifelong pursuit.

Visualizing the Troll Bridge. :)
GaryHorton Premium
Yes it is a lifelong pursuit and we grow into ourselves along the way. Thanks Labman for commenting.
floridajf Premium
Such inspirational quotes, I definitely enjoyed reading the one about Randy Pausch, it was so true. I definitely feel like obstacles are there to test us and so that we can overcome them. In fact we NEED obstacles, because if they were never there in the first place, I'm sure we wouldn't have had advancements in anything throughout our entire period of living.
GaryHorton Premium
I believe you are right. For years I blamed my obstacles for my failure, but now, looking back, I see they have shaped my life and made me stronger.